John 3:16 Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

This is the study that I used for tonight's 2/3/2001 sermon on John
3:16. I have uploaded the audio in RealAudio format to
http://www.onenessapostolic.org/audio

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.

That is a beautiful verse, but it is abused by many false preachers to
promote false christianity and lies. John 3:16 was only PART of a
conversation which INCLUDED John 3:5.

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of
the Jews:
John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we
know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these
miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is
old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom
of God.

Jesus declared that salvation required a re-birth of water and Spirit.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound
thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so
is every one that is born of the Spirit.
John 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things
be?
John 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of
Israel, and knowest not these things?
John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know,
and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how
shall ye believe, if I tell you [of] heavenly things?
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down
from heaven, [even] the Son of man which is in heaven.
John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even
so must the Son of man be lifted up:
John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
eternal life.

Jesus knew that anyone who *really* believed in Him would OBEY. The
example that Jesus used regarding the serpent was a situation
where only the obedient were saved! Jesus used an example that
stressed OBEDIENCE!

Here is the situation that Jesus cited.

Numbers 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery
serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that
every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

Here is the whole context.

Numbers 21:5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses,
Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the
wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and
our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit
the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for
we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the
LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for
the people.
8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set
it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is
bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it
came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld
the serpent of brass, he lived.

Jesus used an example of a sinful people who were, by grace, given
an opportunity to OBEY and be saved.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.

When the plan of salvation was preached on the birthday of the Church,
it was based on the two elements that Jesus had declared essential.
Notice "water" (baptism) and "Spirit" (Holy Ghost), John 3:5 in
ACTion.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to
all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying,
Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and
the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.

Those who "believed" were baptised in Jesus name.

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things
concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized, both men and women.
Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized,
he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and
signs which were done.

Those who "believed" the apostles, "obeyed" the apostles.

Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on
the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing
believed, and were baptized.

Those who "believed" the apostles, "obeyed" the apostles.

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:5 When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of
the Lord Jesus.

Anyone who would not obey Acts 2:38 was counted to be a NON-BELIEVER.

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias
saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him;

What is promised to those who refuse to obey the Gospel? Remember
Jesus used in His discussion about salvation a situation where
any non-obeyer DIED.

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

The serpent was lifted up to provide an option for the people
to obey and be saved.

2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when
the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and
that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the
presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the
house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of
them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly
and the sinner appear?

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him;

Pastor Steve Winter